Dear Haley,

Haley
My little girl,
My peanuts,
My peanutsy balesy pudding pops,

When we first met nine years ago, I never imagined I would form such a strong, loving bond and companionship with such a little puppy.

I spent the first sixteen years of my life not knowing the unconditional love of a dog (and even a few years after, as you only had room for your mommy’s love and nobody else).

I remember sleeping over at Mommy’s during college and taking up your “spot” in the bed. You were really smart – you’d listen to my breathing and as soon as my body fell asleep, you’d dance on my chest to keep me up all night as revenge.

I used to think you were being bratty, but I now realize that you never let anyone or anything get in between the people you loved. That’s such an admirable trait for such a tiny dog.

When I put a diamond ring on Mommy’s finger, I already considered you my little girl. I loved holding you on walks outside on the streets of the north end (why walk on a leash when daddy will carry you?). I didn’t care that I was a grown man proudly carrying a 3 pound yorkie with a pink bow and sweater . You were my little girl.

As we grew up in our first home together, I loved the simple things with you. Your excitement jumping around for a freshly opened bag of Pop Chips, a big scoop of peanut butter being caught on the roof of your mouth, or my/your favorite time of the day–”Haley Funtime.” If you remember, this is when we slowly slid your comfy brown donut-shaped bed (with your pink blanket) from the living room into the bedroom for bed. You couldn’t sleep without being close to your family.

In our time living together, I truly hope you grew to love me near the same level as mommy, and maybe even thought of me as your daddy.
I know you’ve been sick the past year or two, and it breaks my heart we couldn’t find a way to spend one more day with you. You were our shadow and our constant tiny companion. Our lives will never be the same without the sound of your paw reaching for kibble, without your kisses on our hands and feet, and without your cute little self just being around us.

Every night before bed, I will always say a prayer for you and will miss you always. Although you’re no longer with us physically, your little paw print will always be in my heart.

I’ll love you forever Haley.

Love always,
Your Daddy

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

Dear Johnny,

Johnny
This June, it will be two years since I rescued you. And let’s be honest. You were the one who rescued me. I had such a broken heart after losing my dog Frank to cancer. My heart started waiting for you 6 months before you came into my life.

You were so scared, worried and unsure of everything after having lived your first year in a cage. You have come such a long way and I love that you are loyal, goofy, sweet, funny, geeky and mine. I love that you think if I rub your tummy, I’ll feel better. And you are so right. I love how much you love treats and cheese. I love how happy you make me and I look forward to making your life as wonderful and as full as you have already made mine.

My heart is so happy because of you Johnny…love you so very much!

Dina

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

Dear Lizzi,

Lizzi
Where to begin…

You have been with me for 12 years now and they have been the best years ever. I remember the day I picked you from the litter–or should I say the day you picked me. I still have the shirt I was wearing when I met you. You were the puppy I have dreamed about since I could remember. You came into my life when you were 7 1/2 weeks old and my whole world came to life :).

You are always there for me when I was sad , crying and nobody else cared–you were there no matter what. When I come home you are always waiting with your wagging tail, so happy to see me. You are such a trooper to let your mamma dress you up in all those crazy outfits, paint your nails hot pink & even let me pierce your ear–you are truly my little girl <3!

You have such a fantastic personality and there isn’t a person who doesn’t like you with your bubbly self. You are always so happy and you have cheered up so many peoples heart. You are literally the sunshine in my life. Thank you for loving me for who I am. I can’t even express how much I love you. You are my little Angel looking over me.

I Love you Lizzi, today and forever.

Your Mommy

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier